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Disney 1935 New Year cardI’m sure most of us will look back on 2018 and remember ups and downs, good times and trying times. I hope that, for each of you, the memorable moments outnumber the ones you’d like to forget, by a wide margin.

 

This is the second full year I’ve been writing The Disney Connection. I don’t use my blog to make money, but to share my admiration of Walt and the continued success of the the fruits of his boundless energy, imagination and drive to achieve. I continue to be very pleased, often surprised, at the level of interest in my writing, even though I purposely do not offer current event information, Disney announcements or reviews. I prefer to offer thoughts on Disney related topics that inspire me.

I’m thankful that overall unique visitors were up by more than 60% this year to over 3,500. November was the busiest month followed by April. I’m thankful for all of the late Summer and Fall visitors even after a longer than usual hiatus, due to my job being affected by a widespread company layoff. I mentioned my job loss in Seriously, Let’s Not Forget the Gags. I’m thankful to have found a very good job with a solid company. Again, this year, I’m particularly thankful for the Facebook group page administrators at:

D23 Expo 2019 – D23 Members, Expo Fans and Attendees
Disney Parks Moms Panel Hopefuls!

Both have allowed me to post regularly in these closed groups. Much of the visitor traffic to The Disney Connection is the result of these pages.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s wrestling with the many revelations this year about Facebook management’s handling of the information they collect from everyone’s activity. For the moment I am sticking with Facebook. Those of you who decide to call it a day with Facebook, you can follow me on Twitter @Bradkay60. I will continue to evaluate things as time goes by.

Finally, I’m thankful to my family for their support and for allowing me to indulge my interest and excitement about the World of Disney.

Taking a look back, here are The Disney Connection posts that all of you found most interesting this year:

 

Opening the year and the most viewed, is January’s Flipping Disney’s Lands, where I offered my opinion for how to improve the entertainment value of Tomorrowland and Frontierland in the 21st century

 

 

 

Even though I was quite young when he died, in February’s post My Connection to Walt Disney through his Signature, I wrote about feeling closer to Walt Disney through his enigmatic and elusive signature

 

 

 

 

In March, many of you read Pirates Change with the Times to get my perspective on how Disney fans react in different ways to Imagineer’s changes to the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean attraction

 

 

Earlier in March was the next most visited post, Reviewing Disney Reviewers where I took a stand against Disney vacation reviews that often stray from the topic to focus on the Company, rather than criticism of the experience

 

 

 

The next most visited post, Opening Days Excitement at Disney Parks, was inspired by the start of the baseball season, in April, as expectations are high for the many changes coming to Disney theme parks, just like they are on opening day of the Baseball season.

 

I hope all of you, your families and friends have a happy and prosperous 2019. I look forward to hearing from all of you in the new year.

 

Thanks.

Brad.

 

The Disney Connection December Giveaway

The contest has ended.

shutterstock_669515116As a thank you to all my readers, I’m holding a giveaway this month. 

I’ll be picking Four winners from the followers of The Disney Connection. 

This is for US and Canada only this time. (Apologies to my international readers)

First Prize is a one of a kind Disney Pin 


Wendy Gell, whose jewelry designs were seen on the wrists of the “who’s who,” during the wild-style of the ’80s. Her pieces graced the covers of Vogue & famous movie stars. Wendy signed licensing agreement with Disney in 1986. The Disney line debuted in 1987 at Saks Fifth Avenue in a Wendy Gell Disney Boutique and also sold at Nordstroms, Disney stores, and the Disney theme park. This brooch pin measures 2 ¾ ”x 2 ¼”.  It’s difficult to put a value on Minnie as  Lady Liberty, since it was custom designed piece back in the 1980s.  But, I can guarantee that no one else will have one like it

Second Prize is this Disney Plush 

Mickey Steamboat

Celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse with the Disney Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Steamboat Willie Plush!  Press Mickey’s hand to watch him sway along to the iconic Steam Boat Willie song! Mickey comes dressed in the signature Steamboat Willie outfit with matching Captain’s hat and he even holds a felt ship wheel in his hands. Mickey is made with super soft fabrics and exceptional character detail. Stands 18” tall. 

Third Prize is this New Mary Poppins Ornament 

Mary Poppins

From the Sketchboook series, Mary is made of resin and stands 5 ¼” high.  

Fourth Prize is this Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey frame 

Mickey Frame

I purchased this at Disney World in the late 90’s. It has never been used. Will fit a 3”x5” picture. Frame measures 6.5” x  5.5” 

If you’d like to participate, you must be a Disney Connection Blog follower. If you’re already a follower then you’re already entered. If you’d like another entry, you can tweet the following :

#TheDisneyConnection December giveaway is on. Four winners selected from blog followers. Details at https://bradkay60.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/disney-connection-december-giveaway/ @bradkay60

This is for US and Canada only this time. (Apologies, again to my international readers)

I’ll randomly choose the four winners on December 14th at 9pm ET. Winners will have 5 days to confirm a shipping address.

Good luck!

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